Further Information

Standardized Testing

The SAT or ACT writing composition portion of the exam will be reviewed and considered for use in the admission of students.

Students taking only the ACT will be required to submit the version with the optional writing section. If the student chooses to take both the SAT and ACT, a writing sample from either the SAT or the ACT will be considered. (If you take the SAT and complete the writing sample and you choose to take the ACT, you will not be required to submit a writing sample for the ACT.)

International students should review the International Admissions section for admission testing requirements.

Early Action Program

At Suffolk University, we offer freshman applicants the opportunity to be considered for early action based on academic achievement through their junior year. 

The deadline to apply for this program is November 15. Decisions are made and candidates are notified by December 20. If you are not offered early action, you may be considered for later admission through the regular decision program.

Home Schooled Students: Admission Requirements

Suffolk University welcomes applications from students who have chosen home schooling. In addition to completing the standard admission application and having an admission interview (highly recommended), students should forward to the Office of Undergraduate Admission these additional materials:

  • State certificate of completion, a high school diploma, or the GED
  • List of coursework or transcript
  • Submission of an ACT or SAT I score

Advanced Standing

Advanced Placement

Suffolk University awards credit for most advanced placement examinations when a score of 3, 4, or 5 is received.

International Baccalaureate Examinations

Students who have completed the full IB diploma with a total of 28 points or more are eligible for sophomore standing. Students who earn fewer than 28 points may by eligible to receive University credit for a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 in the higher-level subjects.

Other Examinations

Advanced standing credit may be awarded for international examinations such as the GCE Advanced Level Examinations, the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, the Italian Maturita, and the Swiss Maturite.